- The leadership and member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been accused of abusing the rights of some Nigerian children
- The allegation was made against the Shiites by the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC)
- According to the advocacy group, the leadership of IMN committed human rights abuse by allegedly using children during some of its protests across Nigeria
An advocacy group on Friday, November 29, accused members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and its leadership of abusing rights of the children who were part of several of their protests conducted in some states across Nigeria.
Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) condemned in totality the use of children as a shield by the leadership of the IMN to allegedly conducted protest across Nigeria which turned violent.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the executive director of SHAC, Joyce Ogwu, called for an end to such violations.
The centre frowning at what it described as “enslavement of children in their various terrorist cells in the country”, called on the relevant authorities to put an end to the barbaric practice.
"The IMN as an organization has constituted itself into a parallel government in Nigeria through its violent campaigns and protest across the country for a cause that is before a competent court of law," Ogwu said.
Ogwu said while it is understandable that they have a right to advocate for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zarzaky from detention, they must also realize that there is an on-going court process that must be exhausted before such request could be granted so long he is not found guilty of the charges levelled against him.
She said: "The worrisome part of the activities of the IMN is the indiscriminate use of children as a shield in its violent protests across the country."
"The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre frowns at such outright abuse of children by the leadership of the IMN and as a result of this, insists that such violations should be discontinued henceforth," Ogwu added.
She said the leadership of the IMN must realize that they cannot take the laws into their hands by engaging in violent street protests across the country.
"They must come to the understanding that Nigeria is indeed not their fiefdom where they want everyone to either identify with their ideology or sink," she said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the leader of the IMN group had returned to Nigeria from India alongside his wife after a botched medical trip.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeneet had arrived the country on Friday, August 16, and were immediately detained by the State Security Services.
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